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The Quirky Nurse

Updated on March 08, 2012

Nurses are Interesting and Amazing Creatures

As a fairly introverted person I take great pleasure in watching others and the way they interact and behave. I have compiled a list of the diverse personalities of Nurses that I have encountered over the years.

Nurses are a diverse and interesting group.  I am proud to be a part of it.



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The Nervous Nellie

You know her. The one who worries about every little detail. The one who is there hours after her shift has ended. She cares more than any Nurse in the history of nursing. Someone has drilled into her head that every move she makes may put her at risk for a lawsuit so she writes a narrative about the technique she used to wipe her patient's nose.


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The Rebel

The one who comes to work out of uniform. They never listen to anything anyone tells them.  Too cool to take a complement.  Tattoos under the scrubs.  Never answers the phone the way they're supposed to, and hangs up on you in mid sentence.

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The Know-It-All

My favorite! The one who has been a Nurse longer, better, and is far more superior in intelligence than all the nurses put together in the entire hospital.   If you tell them a story, they have a better story (that is if they even listened to your story in the first place). One-upmanship is their favorite pastime.

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The Sweetheart

She never complains. Never has a negative word to say. You always wonder how someone could be so happy, and nice to everyone. She never has a bad day. You know it's going to be a good day when Sweetheart is there.

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The Kvetch

Yes, the complaining, whining, nothing is ever good Nurse. The one you try to avoid at all costs. They never can understand why they can't ever get a break. Hmmm, I wonder why they can't get a break.

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The Fisher

Always fishing for complements. The one who says, "I am just the worst Nurse in the entire hospital." You know they want you to tell them they are a wonderful Nurse. I always wonder what would happen if you said, "You are right, you are the worst Nurse in the entire hospital!" I wouldn't do that...just saying.

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The Rabble Rouser

The Nurse who loves to stir the pot. Will say anything to get attention but then turns the tables and makes it look like someone else started it. You can never pin them down. They know how to work the system...really criminally insane. Just kidding there aren't any Nurses like that. Well, maybe but that's another story.


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The Court Jester

The title is self explanatory.  Really without the Jester Nurse it would not be fun around the coffee pot, if you know what I mean.  This is probably the one I admire the most.  I can't get enough of someone who makes me laugh.  Someone who can make you laugh and then laugh at themselves is special.

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The Tattler

The Nurse who is always going to the Nurse Manager about something. She is not happy unless someone is making a mistake and she makes sure everyone knows about it.  Busy body, blabbermouth, gossiper, telltale, rumormonger, sandpiper...Wow I didn't realize there were so many names for the Tattler...Those are the nice ones.  One good thing about the tattler is you know where to go if you want to know what's going on around the coffee pot.  

Nurses

Nurses are such a diverse group of people.  As a careful observer of human nature I get so much from my fellow Nurses.  Without such a diverse group of characters, the theater of life would be a snoring bore.

Copyright © 2010 Tammy Lochmann

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      Bob Diamond RPh 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      I have seen all kinds of nurses during various stints as a hospital pharmacist. The good thing is that they are almost all totally dedicated to their profession and their patients.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Diamond...with the very few exceptions I agree nurses are very dedicated to the profession and patients. We have to be.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, It means a lot to me.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub. After reading, I decided my daughter is the sweetheart nurse!

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      mpurcell10 7 years ago from Arkansas

      Great hub. I know that they are not appreciated enough. But I can say some of the smartest people I know are nurses. One day maybe they will be appreciated the way they deserve.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Holle...we all aspire to be the Sweetheart Nurse LOL. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Always a pleasure to see you!

      mpurcell10...Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Your comment makes me feel really good. We don't get a lot of feedback or praise so it is really nice to see what people think of us. Your comments are greatly appreciated.

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      Ronnie Sowell 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Introvert? I thought you were Canadian!

      That was an excellent hub. Cops can fall into the same types of groups and I bet other professions fit the bill as well.

      Keep them coming!

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Resspenser...We all fit into those categories if you really think about it. Canadian Introvert ha ha! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Great to see you! Got my tissues handy in case you should decide to write another hub LOL

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      Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

      This is a great read! I haven't been around many nurses (I guess that's a good thing, health-wise). I liked how you matched the pictures with the descriptions.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Thanks Rose...hope it made you smile. Thanks for taking the time to read and make a comment.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      This was awesome, Tammy, and is one of my favorites by you instantly! I loved how you broke down each and every archetype of nurses. Whichever one you are, I'd prefer you as mine :D Thanks so much for sharing a hilarious, feel-good hub.

      Happy New Year!

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Dohn...Thank you I was hoping it was feel good and entertaining, Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment I really appreciate it!

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      itakins 7 years ago from Irl

      Tammy-

      So true -oh boy did you hit the nail on the head!!

      I shyly take a bow of thanks for the link-many many thanks.

      Curious to know which category you fit in to ??Come on.......

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Itakins...I thought you might like the kitties LOL. I'll tell if you tell...You go first :-)

      My pleasure to add your link. Hope you don't mind that I didn't ask. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      great hub! As I was reading this, I'm thinking, which one am I? Well, last night I was singing "whats new pussycat?" to my CNA, so I guess I'm the Court Jester. (at times)

      It does help at times to use humor to lighten the mood a bit.

      I really enjoyed this hub, thanks.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Elisabeth...Sometimes it gets to you doesn't it. I work with the same nurses every single time I work so we get on each others nerves sometimes.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      itakins 7 years ago from Irl

      -Tammy-

      Ha Ha !-Court jester definitely, with a very high standard of professionalism...!!!!

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Ita...I knew it but I wasn't going to say...I think I am a mix of court jester with a little sweetheart and rebel mixed up (I used to have a pair of socks with naughty words written on them and I would wear them to work). You are so cheeky!

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      Dawn Almond 7 years ago

      This is so great, Tammy!! I think this is your best story yet; I love the descriptions and the pictures are just too cute! Won't say what kind of nurse I think I am........LOL I think I'm a little mix of several on any given day :-)

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 7 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      This was great to read and I love the pictures as well. The Court Jester is my favorite picture..ahahahhahah too funneeeeeee!

      You are the sweetheart nurse aren't you?

      I didn't get an email telling me you had posted this? Wonder why?

      Great happy HUB! :)

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Does this include the male nurses? I have know all these at one time or other. I prefer sexy blond or redheads, but love them all.

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      Gustave Kilthau 7 years ago from USA

      Tammy - I think you left out one type of nurse - the "Don't bother me" nurse.

      Gus :O

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      GW...Thank you for enjoying my hub, and thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I think I am a mixture of several nurses.

      Ralwus...I am the redhead today LOL...and yes it includes male nurses. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment you sweet man you!

      Gus...ooh I hate that nurse LOL...She's the one who gives nurses a bad name. Hope you've never met her. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment I am always happy to see you.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed reading your work about your work, Tammy. The Sweetheart would be my favorite. God Bless You for the comfort you bring to hurting souls.

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      hotspur 7 years ago from England

      Enjoyed reading this with my morning coffee - very entertaining and great pics and video too...thank-you.

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Tammy, I really enjoyed this. It was very humorous and I figure you are either the sweetheart or the court jester. (Correct me if I am wrong) I totally identify with being around people who can make others laugh. They are truly special in my book. Great hub!

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      The hub is great but the pictures are wonderful. A pleasure to read.

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      I hope one day you could be my nurse. Aww crap! What am I saying? No more hospital visits please! LOL Just reading you and seeing that prettiness is enough for me. hehe

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      nice to read and of course you know all of them, nurse are the caring creatures, like the way you presented it and the pictures too, Have a good day Tam, Maita

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      James...thanks for taking the time to read and make a comment. I am always glad to see you!

      Hotspur...thanks for the encouragement I try to write so it is easy to follow and fun to read. Thanks for taking the time to read. Greatly appreciate it.

      Jen...thank you for stopping in I think I am a mixture of several of these depends on the day LOL

      Walrus...you sweet man stay out of the hospital okay!

      Prettydarkhorse...thanks for your encouraging words I look forward to seeing you. Thanks also for your time . I think I am a mixture of a few of these...ha ha multiple personalities .

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      Angela Blair 7 years ago from Central Texas

      I'd bet you fall in the category you didn't list --"The Nurse Patients Pray For" -- In reading the HUB I recognized every one you listed! The pics are also fantastic and a real hoot! Thanks for this very entertaining HUB! Best, Sis

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Angela...thank you for the lovely comment...Glad you enjoyed reading my little story. Thanks for your time and comment. Much appreciated.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Tammy, I'm glad I finally found the time to read some of my favorites! This was a great one. I think I'd label you the sweetheart :) LOVED the pictures and how you matched them up. Great job.

      Your categories would probably match most of the people I work with too (nope not a nurse).

      Thanks for a good read my friend! I'll keep this in mind if I ever need their services again, and hopefully smile at them all as I remember

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Duchess, you have the uncanny knack of cheering me up just at the right time. Thank you for your praise, it means a great deal to me. I had fun doing this. I am learning day by day and getting better at this. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve next. LOL

      Thanks again my friend...stay warm

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      Katelyn Weel 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Tammy, I love this hub! I have a few relatives who are nurses and some of these personalities fit just perfectly. One is a Sweetheart and one is a Know-it-All for SURE :P The photos are great, too.. nice work!

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Thank you Katelyn...I really appreciate you taking the time to read and make a comment. Glad you liked the photos my little girl and I had fun picking them out.

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      abcd1111 7 years ago from Glen Ellyn, IL (Chicago suburb)

      Tammy, I'm guessing you're a good combination of all the positive traits of some of these characters. I'd wager I'd want to hang around the coffee pot with you!

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Well thanks... I wager I would want to hang around the coffee pot with you too. There is nothing I tell you nothing better than a good laugh.

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Tammy...Meow! I mean Wow! Can`t imagine how much you`ve made me laugh! Of course, it`s been educating too! Didn`t know there were so many types!!! I bet you are either The Sweetheart or the Nervous Nelly...No? Well, just a wild guess!

      Happy to be in your hubs. Two thumbs up..ah! And I will definitely follow you!

      Warm regards,

      Mystique

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Mystique...Thanks for stopping in I have been enjoying your stories also. Thank you for such a nice comment. I saw one of your comments on another hub so I thought I would see what you had.

      It depends on the day or minute what personality shows through. Thanks again

      Tammy

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      tipperary 7 years ago

      Are any of you nurses normal then? ha ha. Great story , i enjoyed this, you have great humour. I can see your the one that makes them laugh. Back later to read more.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Thanks tipperary...I do like a laugh. Yes... Nurses are a tad strange. Thank you for taking the time to read and make a comment...Tammy

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      2uesday 7 years ago

      Tammy I really enjoyed reading this and I loved the way you found such amusing pictures to go with each type of nurse, thanks for making me smile.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      2uesday....Thanks for stopping in and I am so pleased I made you smile. My 5 year old daughter helped me pick out those pictures.

      Thanks again, Tammy

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Those are cute animal. Thanks for showing me about this. you have wonderful picture. Great hub, Tammy.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Prasetio30...thank you for visiting my hub and for the lovely comment. Very much appreciated.

      Sincerely, Tammy

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Georgia USA

      So creative and entertaining. So enjoyed!

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      ladybird...Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi TammyL,

      Brilliant and so funny! I have worked with everyone of those nurses! Never a dull moment in nursing.

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      Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

      Hi Seeker7...Thanks [smile]. I haven't read this one in a while. I still like it and the kitty cats. I have just had a gander at your profile and we have quite a few things in common.

      Thanks again for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment.

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